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Welcome to the new home of Sky Diary!

Chris Kridler’s storm chasing site is here, with photos, chase reports, kids’ pages and more

Welcome! Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m capturing the best of and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. See the latest chase reports here on the blog and in the new index of storm chasing reports from recent years (continually updated as I add more of the archives). Stay tuned for updates.

Here we are photographing a spectacular low-precipitation supercell with mammatus over Earth, Texas, on May 16, 2021.


Storm Chasing 2022

Cow is our loyal companion on the road.

Alethea Kontis and I completed our storm chase in Tornado Alley and hope to find lightning storms in Florida this summer. I’m slowly updating the blog with the reports (with all the driving, there’s not a lot of time to sit at the computer). You can see all the storm chasing posts from this and previous years in the blog. You can read about our adventures here and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (please subscribe!).




The kids’ storm pages are live!

NOW ONLINE AND UPDATED: KIDSTORM! These pages are chock-full of facts about tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing – interesting information for kids and grown-ups, too. Go!

Recent posts on skies and storm chasing

Hurricane Nicole damage and a rocket launch on the Space Coast

We were lucky. We were lucky in Hurricane Ian, which devastated southwest Florida. And we were lucky in Hurricane Nicole, in that we’re just far enough inland that we didn’t have to worry about our house falling into the ocean. With climate change, all of the damage we’re seeing now on Florida’s east coast may become commonplace. Not that anyone wants to hear that. …

9 November 2022: Nicole, moving from tropical storm to hurricane, whips up big waves in Cocoa Beach

Going out in the wind today was so therapeutic. It wasn’t yet windy enough to be dangerous (except for maybe those insane people kiteboarding in the tropical storm waves), but it was invigorating. And also entangling, when it came to my hair. Tropical Storm Nicole, which soon became Hurricane Nicole, pushed big, messy waves into the Cocoa Beach Pier here on Florida’s Space Coast …

1 November 2022: Autumn rocket launches on the Space Coast

Life’s been busy, so I haven’t posted all the rocket launches I’ve shot lately from Florida’s Space Coast. And there have been a lot. While one was a United Launch Alliance jaunt, the rest were SpaceX. The gallery below includes photos from a handful of launches, including today’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy with Space Force payloads. In other words, secret defense stuff. Well, the launch …

10 September 2022: A launch and a lighthouse at Cape Canaveral

The first Cape Canaveral Lighthouse began operation in 1849. The cast-iron version that replaced it began working in 1868. It was moved over a mile inland in the 1890s to keep it safe from erosion. The original Fresnel lens has been removed because launches were literally shaking the glass pieces out of their framework, and the light no longer rotates — or it didn’t …

A panorama of the shelf cloud with the Kelly Slater statue in the foreground.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been working on editing books and designing book covers. I launched my first collection at the Stolen Butter Gallery. I went on a road trip. And I hauled my camera here and there to shoot storms and space launches. There were highlights – for instance, a violent storm on August 26 that produced a stunning shelf …




Some of my favorite chases

Chase 2016: Incredible 20th year

My Tornado Alley chase was incredible in 2016, with many tornadoes and photogenic storms. 

2016: Katie-Wynnewood, Oklahoma, tornado

May 9, 2016: Entire life cycle of violent EF4 tornado

2005: Texas hail and tornado

May 12, 2005: Giant hail batters chase vehicles after large tornado near South Plains, Texas

2004: Attica, Kansas, tornadoes

May 12, 2004, Attica, Kansas, tornadoes




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